The $160 Samsung Galaxy Note8 Clone You’ve Never Heard Of
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 was launched in India in late-August at a price of Rs. 67999. It was the first smartphone from Samsung to feature a dual-camera setup on the back and until the Galaxy S9+ is launched, it remains the sole device from Samsung to have that feature. For all its great specifications, display, and a beautiful design, the Galaxy Note8 had a very noticeable flaw which had carried on from the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the fingerprint sensor’s placement. While a lot of quirky moves from big smartphone makers turn out to be iconic, this placement was not appreciated and Samsung has already rectified it with the Samsung Galaxy A8+.
However, it appears that one company decided to leave that aspect of the Galaxy Note8 as it is with its own rendition of the Galaxy Note8. Meiigoo, a Chinese smartphone maker, has launched the Meiigoo Note 8, a Samsung Galaxy Note8 clone with a lot going for it. The company has decided to retain the awkward fingerprint sensor placement found on the original Note but, thanks to the relatively smaller size of the phone, it isn’t too bad.
It has a 5.99 inch IPS LCD display with a 2160 x 1080 px resolution. Even though this isn’t even close to what the Galaxy Note8 has to offer with its 6.3 inch Super AMOLED display with a 2960 x 1440 px resolution, the Meiigoo Note 8 at its price, offers a decent display.
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The bezels around the display are thin but, not as thin as the Galaxy Note8 and that is expected. The company’s decision to go with golden bezels is a bit questionable as black bezels would have definitely looked much better. However, at a price of US $159.99, there are hardly any major things to complain about.
Under the hood, it has the MediaTek MTK6750T chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.
The Meiigoo Note 8 also has a horizontally placed dual-camera setup that looks uncannily similar to that of the Galaxy Note8. It has a 12MP camera along with a 5MP depth sensor for bokeh shots. To the front is an 8MP camera.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is the priciest Samsung available in the market right now, the Meiigoo Note 8 at a price of US $160 (Rs. 10,000 approx.) could be an option for people looking for a ‘Note’ device that won’t break the bank!